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Grecia
Municipal Grecia - Team Badge.png
Nickname(s)La Pantera
Los Griegos
FoundedAugust 16, 1998; 24 years ago (1998-08-16)
StadiumEstadio Allen Riggioni
Capacity4,000
ChairmanAdrián Barquero
ManagerGabriel Simón
LeagueLiga Promerica
Clausura 2022
WebsiteClub website

Municipal Grecia is an association football club based in Grecia, Costa Rica. Founded in 1998, the club will make their debut in the Liga FPD after being promoted from the Liga de Ascenso.

The team plays in the Estadio Allen Riggioni.

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Association football

Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players who primarily use their feet to propel a ball around a rectangular field called a pitch. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposite team by moving the ball beyond the goal line into a rectangular-framed goal defended by the opposing side. Traditionally, the game has been played over two 45 minute halves, for a total match time of 90 minutes. With an estimated 250 million players active in over 200 countries and territories, it is considered the world's most popular sport.

Grecia, Costa Rica

Grecia, Costa Rica

Grecia is a district of the Grecia canton, in the Alajuela province of Costa Rica.

Liga FPD

Liga FPD

The Primera División of Costa Rica, commonly known as Fútbol de Primera División (FPD), and Liga Promerica for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional association football division in Costa Rica. It is administered by the Unión de Clubes de Fútbol de la Primera División (UNAFUT). The league consists of 12 teams, with the last-placed team relegated to the Liga de Ascenso.

Segunda División de Costa Rica

Segunda División de Costa Rica

Costa Rican Second Division also known as Liga Motorola for sponsorship reasons, is a professional league formed on 1921 for association football clubs in Costa Rica. It is the country's second-tier/division football competition, which is contested by 18 clubs and operates by a system of promotion and relegation.

History

In 1998, the people from Grecia, led by former deputy Everardo Rodríguez, decided to give the people of the canton a new sports option. Feeling the need of having an own football club which competed in a non-amateur level. Having taken over the franchise of American FC, the club was founded on 16 August 1998. The club made its debut on 13 September 1998 by drawing 2–2 with Puriscal FC.[1]

During its first decade, the team won the 2007 Apertura Championship in the Costa Rican Liga de Ascenso.[1] On mid-2017 the club, managed by former Saprissa and Costa Rica captain Walter Centeno, defeated Jicaral to win the 2017 Clausura tournament, thus qualifying to a promotion play-off.[2] Grecia would defeat Jicaral again to achieve the promotion to the Liga FPD for the first time.[3]

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Segunda División de Costa Rica

Segunda División de Costa Rica

Costa Rican Second Division also known as Liga Motorola for sponsorship reasons, is a professional league formed on 1921 for association football clubs in Costa Rica. It is the country's second-tier/division football competition, which is contested by 18 clubs and operates by a system of promotion and relegation.

Deportivo Saprissa

Deportivo Saprissa

Deportivo Saprissa is a Costa Rican sports club, mostly known for its football team. The club is based in San Juan de Tibás, San José, and play their home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá. The team's signature colours are purple (burgundy) and white. It is the main team representing the capital, but with the distinction of being massively followed throughout the whole country and overseas. The club was founded in 1935 and has competed in the Costa Rican first division since 1949. The name of the team comes from one of the club's main founders, Ricardo Saprissa. One of the most popular nicknames for the team El Monstruo Morado can be traced back to 1987, when the Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra gave the team the nickname during a derby, because of the club's enormous following. A reporter commented that the sea of fans in the stands at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in Tibás wearing purple, and the tremendous noise they were generating, made him feel like he was "in the presence of a thousand headed monster". Saprissa immediately adopted the nickname El Monstruo Morado. It remains the most lauded football team in the whole region.

Costa Rica national football team

Costa Rica national football team

The Costa Rica national football team represents Costa Rica in men's international football. The national team is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica. It has been a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) since 1927, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) since 1961, and a member of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) since 1990.

Walter Centeno

Walter Centeno

Wálter Centeno Corea is a Costa Rican former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and current manager of Guadalupe.

Liga FPD

Liga FPD

The Primera División of Costa Rica, commonly known as Fútbol de Primera División (FPD), and Liga Promerica for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional association football division in Costa Rica. It is administered by the Unión de Clubes de Fútbol de la Primera División (UNAFUT). The league consists of 12 teams, with the last-placed team relegated to the Liga de Ascenso.

Current squad

As of January 26, 2023

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Costa Rica CRC Daniel Salas (on loan from CS Herediano)
3 DF Costa Rica CRC Matthew Bolaños (on loan from Deportivo Saprissa)
5 DF Paraguay PAR Lucien Marcel Galtier
6 DF Costa Rica CRC Guillermo Morales
7 FW Costa Rica CRC Jaidivert Hurtado
8 MF Costa Rica CRC Johan Bonilla
9 FW Costa Rica CRC Luis Rodríguez
10 MF Costa Rica CRC Esteban Rodríguez
11 MF Costa Rica CRC Reimond Salas
12 DF Costa Rica CRC Luis Carlos Delgado
16 FW Costa Rica CRC Emanuel Gamboa
18 MF Costa Rica CRC Osvaldo Barrantes
19 FW Costa Rica CRC Samuel Román
22 DF Costa Rica CRC Jean Carlo Agüero (Captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW Costa Rica CRC Enyel Escoe (on loan from CS Herediano)
24 MF Costa Rica CRC Jose Andrés Rodríguez
25 DF Costa Rica CRC Jean Carlos Sánchez
27 FW Costa Rica CRC Jean Carlo Innecken
28 MF Costa Rica CRC Juan Carlos Amador
29 MF Costa Rica CRC Esteban Ramírez
30 FW Paraguay PAR Fernando Lesme
33 GK Costa Rica CRC Alfonso Quesada
37 GK Costa Rica CRC José David Vega
70 DF Costa Rica CRC Jefferson Rivera
77 MF Costa Rica CRC Joshua Quiñónez
90 DF Costa Rica CRC Kevin Artavia
MF Mexico MEX Mario de Luna

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FIFA eligibility rules

FIFA eligibility rules

As the governing body of association football, FIFA is responsible for maintaining and implementing the rules that determine whether an association football player is eligible to represent a particular country in officially recognised international competitions and friendly matches. In the 20th century, FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a "clear connection" to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.

Defender (association football)

Defender (association football)

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield position whose primary role is to stop attacks during the game and prevent the opposition from scoring.

Costa Rican Football Federation

Costa Rican Football Federation

The Costa Rican Football Federation, also known as FEDEFUTBOL or FEDEFUT, is the official association football governing body in Costa Rica and is in charge of the Costa Rica national football team and the Costa Rica women's national football team.

Deportivo Saprissa

Deportivo Saprissa

Deportivo Saprissa is a Costa Rican sports club, mostly known for its football team. The club is based in San Juan de Tibás, San José, and play their home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá. The team's signature colours are purple (burgundy) and white. It is the main team representing the capital, but with the distinction of being massively followed throughout the whole country and overseas. The club was founded in 1935 and has competed in the Costa Rican first division since 1949. The name of the team comes from one of the club's main founders, Ricardo Saprissa. One of the most popular nicknames for the team El Monstruo Morado can be traced back to 1987, when the Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra gave the team the nickname during a derby, because of the club's enormous following. A reporter commented that the sea of fans in the stands at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in Tibás wearing purple, and the tremendous noise they were generating, made him feel like he was "in the presence of a thousand headed monster". Saprissa immediately adopted the nickname El Monstruo Morado. It remains the most lauded football team in the whole region.

Paraguayan Football Association

Paraguayan Football Association

The Paraguayan Football Association, is the omnibus governing body of football in Paraguay. It organizes the Paraguayan football league, including futsal and beach soccer, as well as and the Paraguay national football team. It is based in the city of Luque, near the capital city, Asunción. Football is the most popular sport in Paraguay.

Forward (association football)

Forward (association football)

Forwards are outfield positions in an association football team who play the furthest up the pitch and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals as well as assisting them. As with any attacking player, the role of the forward relies heavily on being able to create space for attack.

Midfielder

Midfielder

A midfielder is an outfield position in association football. Midfielders may play an exclusively defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are in that case known as defensive midfielders. As central midfielders often go across boundaries, with mobility and passing ability, they are often referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box midfielders, or holding midfielders. There are also attacking midfielders with limited defensive assignments.

Stadium

The Allen Riggioni Suárez Municipal Stadium is a sports stadium located in the city of Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica. It was inaugurated in 1973 and in 2012 it received several important renovations in its infrastructure. The stadium is home to Municipal Grecia, which is in the First Division of Costa Rica. It has capacity for 4,000 fans, athletic track, natural grass and artificial lighting. Its bleachers are light blue and it counts them for three sectors of the stadium.

Several Second Division finals have been played in this venue, most of which have been won by the local club. It is known as The Panther's Lair because the mascot of the local team (Municipal Grecia) is a Panther. The stadium has also been the alternate venue for the Carmelite Sports Association, in some of its local matches in the First Division.

Situation with the land where the Stadium is located In the municipal administration, period 2010-2016, a problem was unleashed about the place that, for years, the stadium of the city of Greece has occupied. It is recorded in the minutes that the land was acquired and according to reports from the Municipality of Greece the debt was paid in full in 1976, but the land has not been registered in its name for 44 years.

After the death of Mr. Bolaños (previous owner), when the Municipality of Grecia tried to register the land, the succession argued that there was a difference of 5,000 meters of land that should be cancelled.

Honours

  • Liga de Ascenso
    • Overall champions: 2016–17
    • Half-season champions: Apertura 2007, Clausura 2017

Source: "Municipal Grecia", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 26th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipal_Grecia.

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References
  1. ^ a b "Historia | Municipal Grecia". municipalgrecia.com (in European Spanish). Municipal Grecia. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ Ramírez, Wender (14 May 2017). "Grecia amarga la fiesta de Jicaral y peleará por el Ascenso en dos juegos más". MarioSegura.com (in European Spanish). Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ Araya, José Fernando (28 May 2017). "Grecia golea 3-0 a Jicaral y es el nuevo inquilino de la Primera División". Teletica (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 June 2017.
External links

[1]

  1. ^ Gilberto Martínez Vidal

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